2009

Query: Gielgud Cameo

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0284  Friday, 7 June 2009

From:       Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 21:47:30 -0400
Subject:    Query: Gielgud Cameo

Having been brought down by a bad case of 
separation-from-former-job-by-retirement flu, I spent much time between 
sleeping all day in front of my home theater watching content from my 
Apple TV and new NetFlix account. For the one hundredth time, I watched 
_The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy_. In Episode One just before 
Earth is destroyed for a hyperspace express route, there is a shot of 
people coming out of an underground station protesting the impending 
destruction. One of those on the stairs bore a striking resemblance to 
John Gielgud.

After a little researching of the Internet, I found that the role of 
Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz was originally offered to Sir John Gielgud.

I wonder, however, if anyone has heard of Gielgud's doing a cameo in 
Episode One of _The Hitch Hiker's Guide_. A copy of the image can be 
found here:

http://www.shaksper.net/~hcook/gielgud.jpg

Curiously yours,
Hardy

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Query: Clementia

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0283  Friday, 7 June 2009

From:       David Evett <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Tuesday, 2 Jun 2009 18:01:58 -0400
Subject:    Query: Con

In an Elizabethan allegorical MS, the following is part of an extended 
description of Clementia.

"This scarfe fallynge downe from her shoulder & Commynge under her arme 
shall cover her lyvely sprynge of redde rose water."

I've been unable to find any treatment of Clementia in which such a 
spring (or rose water, or even roses, for that matter) is one of her 
attributes. If anybody has any ideas, please let me know.

David Evett

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OVSC on FB

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0281  Friday, 7 June 2009

From:       Joseph Sullivan <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Tuesday, 02 Jun 2009 14:53:54 -0400
Subject:    OVSC on FB

A reminder and an announcement from the Ohio Valley Shakespeare 
Conference. There are two submission deadlines for our October 22-24, 
2009 meeting "SHAKESPEARE ON SCREEN: 1899-2009." The early deadline is 
this Friday, June 5th. If you have a paper topic already in mind, please 
consider submitting your abstract or paper before this deadline. If you 
are still in the formative stage of paper development, have no fear. Our 
second and final deadline is Friday, August 28th. Our plenary speakers 
for the Ohio University meeting will be Peter Holland, Linda Charnes, 
and Douglas Lanier. Feel free to contact Samuel Crowl with any inquiries 
at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Also, check out our web page (with updated Smith Prize info) at 
http://www.marietta.edu/~engl/OVSC/

For FaceBook users, we have started a group, just search for Ohio Valley 
Shakespeare Conference.

And for our friends who tweet, we plan to experiment with Twitter at the 
Athens meeting. Follow us at https://twitter.com/OVSC

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Major new Renaissance Drama DVD Releases

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0282  Friday, 7 June 2009

From:       Brian Willis <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 22:20:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject:    Major new Renaissance Drama DVD Releases

There have been at least three major DVD debuts in the past month. The 
1970 _Edward II_ starring Ian McKellen:

 
http://www.amazon.com/Edward-II-Ian-McKellen/dp/B001RUALEC/ref=reg_hu-wl_mrai-recs

The video of the Trevor Nunn/ McKellen _Lear_:

 
http://www.amazon.com/Great-Performances-King-Ian-McKellan/dp/B001TR4G6W/ref=reg_hu-wl_item-added

And amazingly, at long last, _Playing Shakespeare_. I jumped out of my 
seat for this one. It is still a hefty investment at $79.99, but much 
more within reach than previously offered. It was just released on June 2.

 
http://www.amazon.com/Playing-Shakespeare-John-Barton/dp/B001O7R75O/ref=reg_hu-wl_mrai-recs

Brian Willis

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New Portrait of Shakespeare?

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 20.0280  Sunday, 31 May 2009

[1] From:   Sid Lubow <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:   Wednesday, 27 May 2009 16:47:34 EDT
     Subj:   New portrait of Shakespeare?

[2] From:   Elliott Stone <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
     Date:   Wednesday, 27 May 2009 21:50:55 -0400
     Subj:   Re: SHK 20.0270 New Portrait of Shakespeare?


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From:       Sid Lubow <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 27 May 2009 16:47:34 EDT
Subject:    New portrait of Shakespeare?

In response to the post of Stanley Wells et al who wrote"

 >Duncan-Jones waves away our suggestion that the Cobbe portrait was the
 >basis for Droeshout's 1623 engraving, where the sitter is only slightly
 >less richly dressed. Certainly Droeshout (aged twenty-two) appears to
 >have simplified the image, updated the collar, and given Shakespeare
 >less hair, possibly reflecting his later appearance. He was keen enough
 >to catch the cast in Shakespeare's left eye, not present in the Overbury
 >portrait. But engravers commonly simplified and updated; the Droeshout
 >was copied for Benson's 1640 Poems with equally drastic changes.
 >Compositionally the 1623 engraving and the Cobbe portrait match perfectly.
 >
 >Duncan-Jones ignores most of the recently unearthed evidence on this
 >fascinating portrait. Her recycling of flawed twentieth-century
 >arguments does nothing to diminish our case, based on much earlier
 >evidence, that the portrait represents Shakespeare.
 >
 >Mark Broch, Paul Edmondson, Stanley Wells"

In response, briefly, if Droeshout had copied the pose of the Cobbe 
portrait, facing right, and engraved his plate as he saw the pose, the 
First Folio Shakespeare, when printed, would have faced left. If not, 
then he had to have used a mirror to flop the Cobbe and then copy it as 
he looked in the mirror. The same problem applies to the Chandos, which 
shows the 'sitter' in the same pose as the Droeshout.  But the pose of 
the engraving of Sir Thomas Overbury, 1616, by Renold Elstrake, faces 
left, which along with others, I maintain was copied from the Cobbe 
portrait of Overbury. Therefore, it was reversed in printing. Voila! 
Strangely, why is it that almost all the supposed 'portraits' of 
Shakespeare face the same direction as the Droeshout?  Such paintings of 
engravings can easily be 'matched', but it is not so easy for engravers 
who wish to duplicate a pose.

P.S. Benson's 1640 Poems copied the Droeshout. It reversed itself when 
printed, which is the point. If Droeshout copied any portrait, we should 
look for one facing the opposite direction.

Sid Lubow

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From:       Elliott Stone <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:       Wednesday, 27 May 2009 21:50:55 -0400
Subject: 20.0270 New Portrait of Shakespeare?
Comment:    Re: SHK 20.0270 New Portrait of Shakespeare?

It would appear that Sam Schoenbaum delved into the "authenticated 
likenesses" of William Shakespeare at length in two places in his book 
"Shakespeare's Lives". He tells us about the Chandos, the Felton, the 
Janssen and others that had their claimants early in the 19th Century 
and a whole host of other works that have surfaced more recently.

I believe he got it exactly right on p. 202. "These pictures have always 
intrigued Shakespeare lovers, avid for a veritable image flattering to 
their own preconceptions".

This is, of course, exactly why the "New Portrait of Shakespeare" has 
proven so popular at Stratford on Avon. The painting is of the "New" 
William Shakespeare as he now appears in the recent BBC documentary, in 
"Shakespeare In Love", and in Professor Greenblatt's incredibly 
successful biography.

In all of these "New" portrayals Shakespeare does not simply have 
Southampton as his patron but rather is seen as his peer!

Best,
Elliott H. Stone

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